Tuesday, September 8, 2015

End of Summer Newsletter

Where did those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer” go!!!!
While we haven’t had a meeting since June, things have been hopping right along!
We have enjoyed our monthly Restaurants with Heart meals..…each one as tasty as the last! This 28th and 29th of September, RwH will be at Sakura2 in Redwood City. (Flyer attached) It’s a fun Teppanyaki style meal with the built-in entertainment of a chef throwing knives while making volcanoes from vegetables!
The Fancy Nancy Tea Party committee has been busily creating this new event, to be held on Saturday September 19, Christ Episcopal Church. Los Altos. It will be loads of fun with a free “face painting station” (fancy temporary butterfly transfers) and a photo booth where children can “bling up” with tiaras, beads, chapeaux, opera glasses etc. and pose for a “fancy” memory.  Our Thora’s Thimbles volunteers have been busily making dresses, aprons, doll assessories and faux feather boas (made with soft fleece rather than scratchy feathers!) to sell. The Reading Bug is again setting up shop in the church’s Fireside Room and will donate a portion of their proceeds to us.
And that is just for “starters”! The main event is when the Fancy Nancy illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser gives a fun presentation while the little ones and their mums / grandmums dine on our tea goodies.
We are happy to be well passed the break-even point, as staging a new event is always a little unnerving. We have relied solely on word of mouth, local newspapers, shops, studios, newsletters and Facebook (Palo Alto Auxiliary for LPCH) to spread the word. Please continue to pass this information along…our target ages are 3 to 7.
Mark your calendars for November 7 & 8. This year’s American Girl Doll of the Year is a baker who loves all things French!
The American Girl Fashion Show committee is back up and running. We will hold an Open Casting Call at the American Girl Store at Stanford on September 12, and a casting call for returnees on September 20. Remember, PAA Member children and grandchildren are free; non-members pay $75 per model. The clothes are size 6x and 10 only. This year we are planning to have more models, as we have found that models are our main source of ticket sales. We will up the ante with a fabulous American Girl prize to the girl who refers the most ticket sales.
With Karen Steven’s help, we have begun our American Girl marketing campaign with a blast email to our former patrons. Our website paloaltoauxiliary.com  reflects our current projects (Thank you, Bob Stevens!) We are also on Facebook both under American Girl Fashion Show Palo Alto and Palo Alto Auxiliary for LPCH…check us out!!!
Our upcoming Membership Meeting, 1 pm Tuesday September 15, at Lucie Stern Community Center Palo Alto, will be a workshop. We will be working on projects for Fancy Nancy, American Girl and Thora’s Thimbles.  Please bring sharp sewing scissors if you have them!
During the summer, many of our members have honored Deborah Potash’s memory and her years of service to PAA. Deborah’s own Monday Girls combined with our BearGrams program to share their appreciation of her life and service. A fitting tribute. to a very giving woman.

Sept 12                                    American Girl Casting Call, Stanford Shopping Center
Sept 15                                    Membership Meeting, Lucie Stern, PA
Sept 19                                     Fancy Nancy Tea Party, Christ Episcopal, Los Altos
Sept 20                                    Returning models’ Casting Call, Woodland SC, Los Altos
Sept 27                                    Mandatory American Girl model /parent meeting TBA
Sept 28 & 29                                    RwH @ Sakura 2 in Redwood City
Oct 20                                                Annual Membership Tea Party, Los Altos
Nov 7 & 8                                    American Girl Fashion Show
Dec 5                                                Holiday Boutique, Allied Arts, Menlo Park

Summer Newsletter

Summer Newsletter
Where did the “lazy” go in “Those lazy, crazy days of summer”?  PAA is on a roll!
Dates to mark down
July 27 & 28 Restaurants With Heart at Divino Ristorante, Belmont
September 15, 1 pm working Membership Meeting at Lucie Stern, Palo Alto
September 19, Fancy Nancy Tea Party 11 am & 2 pm
November 7 & 8,  American Girl Fashion Show and Tea 
Dec 5                        Holiday Boutique, Allied Arts, Menlo Park

Fancy Nancy is off and running! We have booked the Episcopal Church, confirmed with Harper-Row the illustrator’s appearance and goodie bag freebies, lined up the Reading Bug to sell their wares (with a portion of the proceeds going our way) and had our first committee meeting (Boas de rigeur!)
If you are interested in helping with the planning, please contact me!
Restaurants With Heart …this month fine Italian food, and next month great Greek! Opa! On University Ave in Palo Alto will be luring us in with the temptation of the Adriatic…dates to follow soon.
The RwH crew is always on the prowl for new restaurants to add to the rotation and for new members to help out. If good food is your passion…this is for you! Contact Marlene at
September 15 Membership Meeting This will again be a working meeting.! We will be snipping, stuffing and assembling for the upcoming Fancy Nancy and American Girl events. All hands on deck!
Endowment News The Auxiliaries and Endowment Wall in Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford will be updated. The plan is to complete the updates by the end of the summer so they want to make sure that all our members know that if they include the Auxiliaries Endowment in their estate plan by the end of August then their names would be included on the donor wall.  Unfortunately, we update this wall infrequently so we just wanted to give our members this information. (see attachment)
Have a Fabulous Summer!…and I will look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings, events or meals!

May Newsletter

We should designate May, Restaurants With Heart Month! So much is going on!
Chairman Marlene Bollhoffer reported that the April RwH event at Kabul, Afghan Cuisine netted us over $1200. The California Pizza Kitchen promotion of early May has yet to post profits, but we hear great things!
The next event at P F Chang’s, Stanford shopping Center, will be at combination RwH AND Membership Meeting…Two Bangs for our Buck! May 19 at noon. Debbie Buckholder, Director of Auxiliary Relations will be our guest. This is a great way to meet her! If you haven’t sent in your RSVP, please click the link below. (Make sure to mention PAA) If you are the spur of the moment type, walk-ins are accommodated! Any questions, please email Ginny Wilson at wilsonginnya@gmail.com
Calling all foodies! If you would like to help Marlene identify restaurants to partake in our Restaurants With Heart program, she would love to talk to you! All it takes is a love of good food and a little moxie…Marlene will teach you the rest! Please call Marlene to chat, 650 591 0637.
We are actively moving forward with the expansion of the wildly successful BearGram project.  Gerry Nelson and I will be meeting in June, and with the help of the Foundation hope to have the new CareGram? (name to be determined later) ready for roll out by the end of Summer.
American Girl 2015 is already nearly $3000 in the plus column, as we sold much of our excess 2014 souvenirs to another philanthropic organization in Sacramento. American Girl committee meetings will start up again in force after school lets out. If you are interested in taking a leadership role, please contact me!
Packard Pantry would love more volunteers. If you have a morning a month to spare, please contact Luisa Pliska (luisaliska@comcast.net).  Those of you living in the San Carlos area will find great satisfaction in working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to organize the goods to be delivered to deserving Packard families. And those living farther South can be the ones to sort and distribute at the Hospital!
Teen Van toiletry packing members will be meeting tomorrow with Dr Seth Ammerman and his assistant Rosa Maldanado to better understand their needs and how we can grow this wonderful project. We will take photos to share!
Fancy Nancy planning is moving forward, but as with all new events…not galloping! Coordinating the venue, illustrator and Reading Bug is taking time. But, heck…Good things come to those who wait, right?
All you Amazon shoppers! Here is an easy way to donate to PAA!
The Quarterly Association of Auxiliaries meeting was held yesterday. We voted to distribute the annual payout from the Auxiliaries Endowment ($846,029) to The Teen Van Endowment ($200, 000) Bereavement and Family Guidance Endowment  ($200,000) the Victoria Applegate Endowment for Family Assistance ($250,00) and $50,000 to a pilot program to distribute a pain-avoidance device called the Buzzy. Looks like a ladybug or bee that can be strapped on a child’s body “between the pain and the brain” to divert the “owie’ from registering! I hope to have one to show at a future meeting!
Membership Meeting, 12 noon, May 19 at PF Chang (May’s Restaurants with Heart restaurant!), Stanford Shopping Center, introducing Debbie Burkholder, the new Director of Auxiliary Relations.
June Membership Meeting, 1 pm June 9, The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 340 | Palo Alto, CA 94301 in the Board Room (Please note this is a week earlier than our usual meeting time. Parking is not available in the Foundation garage unless with Handicap status.
November 7-8 American Girl Fashion Show

April 2015 Newsletter

Spring has sprung! Let’s harness some of this energy to our new and existing PAA projects!
Some PAA dates to mark on your calendars:
April 27 & 28 Restaurants With Heart at Kabul Afghan Restaurant, San Carlos, lunch & dinner.  (See attached)
Membership Meeting, 12 noon, May 19 at PF Chang (May’s Restaurants with Heart restaurant!), Stanford Shopping Center, introducing Debbie Burkholder, the new Director of Auxiliaries. Menu choices and reservation info will be sent later.
November 7-8 American Girl Fashion Show
This month sees the well-deserved  “retirement” of Victoria Applegate, after 38 years of dedication to the Children’s Hospital. We gave her a gift certificate to Arte Restaurant in Palo Alto and a succulent garden in a planter (easy-care for her new lifestyle) as a token of our sincere gratitude. And now we will be welcoming Debbie Burkholder, the new Director of Auxiliaries to our May Membership meeting at PF Chang. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship!
Last month’s Membership Meeting was a working one. We helped the Thora’s Thimbles crew by sorting donated fabric, cutting felt eyes, respirator covers, etc. And we got to see the fun finished products!
We are actively moving forward with the expansion of the wildly successful BearGram project.  Gerry Nelson, along with her Kids For Packard, has recently delivered books, bears, Easter baskets and cards. Growing the project to include other comfort items (such as ChemoDucks,, Dialysis Bears,  ….) will require a new card. Anyone have graphic arts skills to lend? It would be much appreciated!!
American Girl 2015 has begun! This year’s Girl of the Year is Grace, a baking enthusiast who loves all things Parisienne…should be fun to decorate!
Packard Pantry is in need of more volunteers. If you have a morning a month to spare, please contact Luisa Pliska (luisaliska@comcast.net).
I have been in contact with Lauren at The Reading Bug bookshop regarding a potential new event, The Fancy Nancy Tea Party. (Love that name!) The illustrator is willing to fly up (on her own nickel) to act as presenter, Harper & Row will donate door prizes, the play venue U-me (www.u-meplace.com) in Menlo Park is offering their premises if we pay a few of their employees to help (insurance reasons) and the Reading Bug will donate a percent of their sales to us also. The illustrator will be in touch soon regarding her availability.  I’m hoping for late summer or September.  Fancy Nancy is geared toward 3 to 8 year olds…a nice adjunct to our American Girl audience (5 to 12 year olds). Now, I need to work on a BOY event!!  Please contact me if you are interested in helping to develop this Fancy Nancy Tea Party.
Looking forward to a great month! Nan